Ron’s Last Run

January 12, 2014

We are almost two weeks into a brand spanking New Year and I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas season.  May 2014 treat you all well, may you stay healthy and may your friends and loved ones remain forever close.

Starting off blogging this year not with a cookie post but rather with a special cake.  Ron turns 59 on the 14th of this month, his last run at his fifties.  To commemorate this auspicious year I made him a ski hill cake.  Not only does my husband love to golf 3/4′s of the year but to help pass the time during the months his course is closed, he tries to hit the slopes at one of our local ski hills.  I thought that a cake depicting him “making a last run” would be a good metaphor for this particular birthday.

Ski Hill Cake with Fondant Decorations

My daughter gifted me with the three tier cake pan set from Cake Boss Baking, together with his cake lifter.  Love them all, the cake pans are great.  Armed with new cake pans I needed a great recipe and turned to Gail’s post published back in 2010.  If you are looking for a lovely yellow cake to make, look no further.  The batter comes together wonderfully and the texture and taste of the cake is perfect.  I had a few questions and tweeted Gail.  Her response was instantaneous and extremely helpful.  When you need help with cakes, you go to one who knows cakes!

Yellow Cake Batter from Gail Dosik and Rose Levy Beranbaum

I was making a three tiered cake and used the 10″, 8″ and 6″ pans.  Here’s a photo of the 10″ and 8″ cakes baked.

10" and 8" Baked Yellow Cake from Gail Dosik and Rose Levy Beranbaum

Saturday evening was an early birthday celebration hosted by my daughter Amanda.  Our son-in-law Jeff prepared a lovely dinner of blackened chicken (homemade spiced rub), Caesar salad and garlic bread with homemade garlic butter.  Appetizers of shrimp and baked brie were enjoyed prior to our dinner and of course, the cake for dessert.

I followed Gail’s recipe just as it is written with the exception of adding vanilla bean paste instead of vanilla extract. Prior to baking the cakes though, I made a batch of Bridget’smarshmallow fondantso I could make the decorations that would adorn the ski hill.  Using food colouring I dyed sections of the fondant into the colours I would need and then made trees, a ski run sign, a little ski lodge, a skier, bench, snowman and ski lodge sign.  “Tombstone Ski and Snowboard Resort” is more indicative of my thoughts on skiing rather than on Ron’s abilities.  He is actually quite a good skier.  Me, I won’t even go up in a chairlift let alone careen down a mountain.  The only winter boots my feet will go into are walking boots.  Never a pair that strap onto two long thin strips of wood.

Trees, Lodges, Bench, Snowman Made from Fondant for Ski Hill Cake

Fondant Ski Figure and Ski Run Sign for Ski Hill Cake

I stacked the three layers of cake and trimmed off sections on each layer to create a sloped cake.

Three Layers of Yellow Cake Carved to Create a Ski Hill

Chocolate Buttercream was spread between each layer.  The recipe used was Gail’s Swiss Meringue Buttercreamand made good use of the leftover egg whites from the cake recipe.

Chocolate Buttercream Icing Between Layers of Ski Hill Cake

Regular Buttercream Icing was used to *dirty ice* the cake.  The cake was then put in the fridge before adding the final layer of icing.

Regular Buttercream Icing Used to *Dirty Ice* Ski Hill CakeTo add the final *snow* layer of buttercream icing I filled a piping bag and using a #12 tip, piped out the icing in sections, spreading each section.  No need to smooth it all out as you want the *snow covered mountain* look.  The *ski run* was the only area that I smoothed over.

Piping Buttercream to Create the *Snow* on Ski Hill Cake

Next I added all the fondant decorations and we packed the cake in the car and drove to my daughter’s home in Ottawa.

Overhead View of Ski Hill Cake Complete with Fondant Decorations

The cake made the hour long drive unscathed and when we arrived at Amanda’s my grand daughter Ella had also made a snowman for Ron’s cake.  She did hers out of plasticine complete with *twig arms* and a striped scarf.  After inserting a toothpick into the bottom of it, she placed it on the side of the ski hill.  Her little sister Sophie had to get a close up look.  She was pretty anxious for dessert time to come around!

Sophie Gazing Upon Ski Hill Cake and DecorationsThis early birthday celebration for Ron was so enjoyable and this ski hill cake was a lot of fun to make.  Thanks so much to Gail at One Tough Cookie NYC for her cake and buttercream recipe and for just being her wonderful self.

Happy Birthday to my husband.  You truly are a special man and I look forward to sharing this last year of your 50′s with you.

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Karen @trilogyedibles January 12, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Happy Birthday my fellow January baby! Wishing you the very best. Paula, this cake is adorable. I love it.

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Barbara | Creative Culinary January 12, 2014 at 5:18 pm

I love all of the meaning you put into everything you do Paula and isn’t it wonderful how this big WORLD wide web can bring people of like minds so close together; great to see the collaboration between you and Gail!

Happy Birthday to Ron!

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Gail January 12, 2014 at 5:38 pm

My favorite photo is the last one, Paula.
Is it possible that Sophie is more delicious than the cake?

It was my absolute pleasure to help you. Wish I could have been there to work with you. Such a great cake you made for Ron. Happy Birthday Ron (I’m right behind you!!!)
xo

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Renee - Kudos Kitchen January 12, 2014 at 6:28 pm

I won’t lie to you Paula, the title of this post had me a little scared. LOL
Then as I’m reading, and scrolling, I’m mesmerized by the details and love that went into this incredible cake!!! The village, the trees… the skier himself! Totally INCREDIBLE!!! Plus that snowman that Ella added…priceless! I’m sure that car ride to get the cake safely to your destination was a heart-stopper and I’m sure once everyone at the party saw your labor of love, their hearts stopped (and melted) too. Bravo on an amazing cake, Paula and Happy, Happy Birthday to Ron!!!

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Sharon January 13, 2014 at 1:29 am

Another thoughtful treat by you! I hope it is a fabulous year for Ron filled with his favorite activities!

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Paula January 13, 2014 at 8:07 am

Happy Birthday to your husband! He is only a few months behind me. Yikes! Your cakes and cookies seem to be a wonderful expression of love and this cake is the perfect example.

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The Partiologist January 13, 2014 at 8:30 am

What a wonderful cake you made Ron for his last year in his 50′s! You did a fantastic job – I love it!

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Joan - My Cookie Clinic January 13, 2014 at 11:41 pm

Paula, I love skiing and met my husband on a ski trip. This cake is fabulous and so creative. I’m loving the goggles and helmet on Ron. Wishes for a happy and healthy 59th year.

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Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie January 14, 2014 at 3:07 am

Amazing cake, Paula! I love it!

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Jacquee January 16, 2014 at 11:33 pm

Always such a pleasant surprise when you post a cake, Paula! And this is AWESOME! Your mini Ron skier and all the trees, sign etc. are great. I like skiing, but have to admit I do most of it on my behind. Happy Birthday to Ron!!

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MAria Balderas January 17, 2014 at 9:41 am

I love your new creation!!! Your step by step tutorial is so good that make me want to start making cakes once again!

What I love the most is how much love you put into your cake to make something special for your husband, I hope one day I can make something as nice as this for mine!!

Love you Girl!!!!

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Stephanie January 26, 2014 at 10:22 pm

Oh my goodness what a wonderful cake!! I love the idea and how you carried it out, it looks fabulous. Love the little details.

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Sue {munchkin munchies} January 29, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Such a perfect, thoughtful cake for your husband! I may have to use this design for my husband who loves climbing:) Your little Sophie is such a cutie:)

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Karen (warningsugarygoodness) February 5, 2014 at 11:11 am

I know you are a cookie person but this cake is wonderful! Nice work and Happy Birthday wishes to the hubby :)

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valerie June 17, 2014 at 5:56 pm

bonsoir
je suis française et je viens de découvrir votre magnifique site !
j’aurai bien aimée avoir la recette de la génoise car elle m’a l’air très moelleuse et facile à tailler pour en faire de beau gâteau en 3D !
merci beaucoup et bonne continuation

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